No Excuses
Kyle Maynard
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No Excuses: The True Story of a Congenital Amputee Who Became a Champion in Wrestling and in Life

Kyle Maynard
Regnery Publishing
256 pages
September 2005
rated 4 1/2 of 5 possible stars
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No Excuses: The True Story Of A Congenital Amputee Who Became A Champion In Wrestling And In Life is the triumphant story of Kyle Maynard, a boy born with a genetic defect known as Quadramembral Phocomelia, which caused the extremely limited growth of his arms and legs. But it is far from a sad story as Kyle, through sheer determination, overcomes his disadvantages and participates in sports, eventually getting into wrestling.

ďI was eager to be a wrestler because I had been a fan of so-called Ďprofessionalí wrestling for quite a long time. I liked those TV wrestlers because they always looked so strong and intense. I thought Iíd actually get to jump off the top rope and body slam my opponents in the ring. Little did I know that the sport I was about to undertake was a different animal entirely. Real wrestling is a completely different sport than the dramatic fighting seen on TV. It is one on one combat. Itís the only sport in school-sanctioned sport that, when you lose, itís because you got your butt kicked by the other guy. Thatís a particularly hard thing to accept at a young age, but itís the kind of life lesson that builds a tremendous amount of character; itís a character that comes with the sport. I soon found that out on the mat, I was all alone. I didnít have ten teammates there to help me out if I made a mistake that I couldnít fix on my own.Ē
There are so many adjectives you can use to describe Kyle and this story: heartwarming, incredible, powerfully moving, awe-inspiring, and on and on and on. Itís amazing how this young man really turns what could have been a limiting handicap into being a star athlete. With quotes from champion bodybuilder, movie star, and now-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to Superbowl winning quarterback Troy Aikman and even talk-show legend Larry King, you get the sense that Kyle is truly a champion person as well a champion wrestler.

Overall, this is an amazing book. The prose is conversational, which keeps it from getting bogged down with too many details. At roughly two hundred and forty pages (with his diet and workout plan in the back), itís a good quick read that will inspire anyone who reads it.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Bobby Blades, 2005

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